ISHR Full Time Fellowship Africa Programme for Young Professionals

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) invites applications for its Full Time Fellowship Africa Programme for Young Professionals.

Working in a small team, the Fellow will have the opportunity to learn at close hand what it means to work for an international human rights advocacy organization. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with ISHR staff in all locations.

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) is an independent, non-profit organization with offices in Geneva and New York. This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to view the international and regional human rights systems at work. It provides hands-on experience working for an international non-governmental organization (NGO) as well as the opportunity to contribute to our work supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, and legal frameworks, building, and leading human rights coalitions, and responding to significant and systemic human rights concerns.

Key tasks include:

  • Supporting research on the situation of defenders in Africa as well as the legal frameworks that protect and infringe on their rights and advocacy for policy changes;
  • Supporting the Africa Programme in preparing submissions to national, regional and international human rights mechanisms and courts;
  • Assisting with research and drafting of submissions to regional and international human rights mechanisms, including the ACHPR’s State Periodic Review, the UN Universal Periodic Review and the UN treaty bodies;
  • Representing ISHR at meetings and in coalition work with other NGOs and UN contacts;
  • Assisting with ISHR’s work with regional human rights defenders’ networks and human rights bodies at the regional level;
  • Monitoring and taking minutes at ACHPR and UN meetings;
  • Contributing to ISHR’s publications, including through drafting and editing online web articles, briefing papers, and other reports as needed.
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Benefits

Remuneration: up to 2000€ / month (depending on location, qualifications and experience).

Eligibility

The successful fellow for ISHR Full Time Fellowship Africa Programme must:

  • Be a recent Master or LL.M graduate in human rights law, international public law or equivalent. Recent graduates from other relevant graduate-level programs will be considered as well;
  • Have working knowledge of international and regional human rights law; ● Demonstrate familiarity with the UN human rights system, the African Union and the ACHPR mechanisms, as well as issues faced by human rights defenders in Africa;
  • Have strong drafting and research skills;
  • Be able to report thoroughly and accurately on meetings;
  • Be flexible and self-motivated;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills in French and English, both languages being mandatory for this position;
  • Be able to work as a member of an international and multicultural team and willing to participate in a variety of tasks, as required;
  • Ability to effectively work remotely and independently;
  • Knowledge of official ACHPR languages, especially Arabic and Portuguese is an advantage.

Application Process

To apply for the ISHR Full Time Fellowship Africa Programme for Young Professionals, applicants are to submit their application by filling out the application form and attaching

  • a cover letter,
  • a CV (no picture and maximum 2 pages),
  • 2 relevant writing samples (no more than 5 pages each and including bibliographies).

To apply for ISHR Full Time Fellowship Africa Programme for Young Professionals, click here

Deadline: June 11, 2023.

For more information on ISHR Full Time Fellowship Africa Programme for Young Professionals, visit the official site.

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